What does Beryl mean?
Beryl \b(e)-ryl, ber-yl\ as a girls' name is pronounced BEHR-el. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Beryl is "light green semiprecious gemstone". The word is of Indian origin, from the Sanskrit term "veruliya". The beryl was considered a token of good luck. Biblical: the eighth foundation stone of the wall of New Jerusalem was made of beryl. The name came into fashion at the end of the 19th century. Author Beryl Markham.
Beryl has 1 masculine form: Berilo.
Beryl is a very prominent first name for women (#948 out of 4276, Top 22%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Beryl for girls. Beryl reached its highest rank of #391 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Beryl and related names. Prominent alternative forms of Beryl are Jewel (#870 a year ago) and Cheryl. Adoption of these girl names was at its highest during the years 1940-1949 (usage of 0.5553%) and is now much less (usage 0.0433%, down 92.2%), with the versions Beryl, Cheryl and Jewel becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)